Horses are not loners, they love companionship and actually depend on them. Just like humans they too can make a friend and keep such friendships. They don’t limit themselves to just other horses or humans but all other animals can become friends with them. Most often you may find a dog, hen or even a monkey that has formed great bonds with the horse. These friendships have the ability to calm and create the right temperament for the horse. When it comes the race horses it’s no different. If you own a race horse then here are some reasons for you to consider getting it a good companion.
Look for the right companion
If you visit a place that has thoroughbred horses for sale you will be able to find that most of these horses need a companion pony. This pony also acts as a partner during the training for the thoroughbred. The pony helps during the practice sessions and also on the actual day. If by any chance the horse runs off course, it is the pony that is used to bring it back on track. During the training sessions they horses are strapped together to achieve a control on the thoroughbred. This lead pony also helps to play the safety net. If a horse should get agitated it is the lead pony that will be able to inch in close to the horse to gain control. As it is trusted by the thoroughbred it is able to help the rider and support in getting things back in order.
The show stoppers
During a spring racing carnival the horses come out to run the race and do what they have been trained for many months and years. A lead pony will accompany the horse for something called the post parade. This is a small walk they take before the race begins. The pony also helps in the warm up just before the race. The pony needs to have a good temperament to be able to perform all these responsibilities. The excitement and noise of the atmosphere during the race can agitate and distract horses. It is important that these lead ponies and horses are well trained and well adjusted to such environments to avoid unwanted distractions and agitation. Owning such a companion and training with them allows for your thoroughbred to be able to perform at its best. They have the ability to become attached and form great bonds with their ponies or stable horses. This companionship is very important and helps the horse and the rider to do well in the days of racing and performing.